RNLAF 300 SQUADRON – BLUEBIRD CLOSING DOWN BULLION PATCH
Details: 4″ Ø – 100% Hand Embroidered
Absolutely stunning and the best quality available is this rare RNLAF 300 SQUADRON – BLUEBIRD CLOSING DOWN BULLION PATCH.
The RNLAF Alouette III officially flew last on the 15th of December 2015. All personnel of the Alouette flight wore a striking patch, reading ‘Bluebird Closing Down‘, to mark this date as the end of an era. Before touching down after a flight of about half an hour, the two last helicopters made several fly-by's above their homebase. Traditionally, new aircraft and aircraft that are being phased out are given a shower by the fire department. This tradition was honored by the personnel at Gilze Rijen AB. After that, the keys to the four helicopters were handed over to the Commander of Netherlands Airforce, lieutenant-general pilot Schnitger. On the 1st of January 2016 the helicopters were handed over to the Defense Materials Organization, which will try to sell them.